Series: The Lone City #1
Published by Harper Teen
Published On: September 2014
Genres: Young Adult, Dystopia, Sci Fi
Maturity Level: YA - some violence and sexual content
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The Jewel means wealth. The Jewel means beauty. The Jewel means royalty. But for girls like Violet, the Jewel means servitude. Not just any kind of servitude. Violet, born and raised in the Marsh, has been trained as a surrogate for the royalty—because in the Jewel the only thing more important than opulence is offspring.
Purchased at the surrogacy auction by the Duchess of the Lake and greeted with a slap to the face, Violet (now known only as #197) quickly learns of the brutal truths that lie beneath the Jewel’s glittering facade: the cruelty, backstabbing, and hidden violence that have become the royal way of life.
Violet must accept the ugly realities of her existence... and try to stay alive. But then a forbidden romance erupts between Violet and a handsome gentleman hired as a companion to the Duchess’s petulant niece. Though his presence makes life in the Jewel a bit brighter, the consequences of their illicit relationship will cost them both more than they bargained for.
I don’t know if there was all that much I liked about this book. It wasn’t bad exactly but it had no wow factors for me. The beginning was interesting but as soon as our main character left her prison and moved to the city, it went downhill pretty quickly.
First of all, I really can’t enjoy books about teen pregnancy. I just can’t. Plus add to that that these girls don’t have a choice but to get pregnant for someone else? That’s just not a fun thing to read about AT ALL.
“The Selection meets The Handmaid’s Tale”? More like The Hunger Games meets The Hunger Games. Seriously, the similarities were too much. I know it’s hard to be original these days because there’s so many ideas out there but this one wasn’t original at all and it made it hard to read.
I found the plot to just be really boring and predictable. I can’t tell if I’m being too harsh or if it just really wasn’t all that great. I don’t think this will be a series that I finish reading. It’s just not worth the time.
I also found that the “villain” in this book to be really strange. Some times I thought she was ok and then other times she was just too crazy. It was like nothing she did or said made any sense. It was the same with our love interest. He was just kind of there and didn’t really do much at all. All the characters were underdeveloped and just didn’t feel very realistic.
I think a lot of people who liked The Selection series would probably like this book. They aren’t really that similar plot-wise but they have the same feel and the same lack of a little something extra.
This book is probably not one I’d recommend. It was too similar to other popular books and just lacked originality which is something I need to stay focused.